Co-founder of the enormously successful band Fleetwood Mac, Mick Fleetwood has played on some of the most successful rock albums of all time through his turbulent career.
Fleetwood started as a drummer in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. In 1967, with fellow Bluesbreakers John McVie and Peter Green, he formed Fleetwood Mac, who gained a reputation as one of England’s finest blues groups.
They won acclaim for their raw blues numbers and songs such as ‘Black Magic Woman’. In 1969, they reached number 1 with their instrumental ‘Albatross’. However, the band collapsed in 1970, with Green and guitarist Jeremy Spencer leaving the band due to mental illness.
Worse, Fleetwood found out in 1973 that his wife had been having an affair with new Fleetwood Mac guitarist, Bob Weston.
Fleetwood’s band looked finished until he hired English singer Christine Perfect and Californian singer-songwriters (and couple) Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Soon, they were back on form, with a more commercial sound.
Their 1975 album, 'Fleetwood Mac' was big, but nothing compared to its 1977 follow-up, 'Rumours'.
Containing the classics ‘Don’t Stop’, ‘Go Your Own Way’ and ‘Dreams’, it shot the band into superstardom. His band’s record became, and remained, one of the biggest albums ever.
However, personal difficulties began to develop within the band. Driven by personal and romantic difficulties, Fleetwood and the band descended into drug and alcohol abuse.
Inevitably, a follow up was hard, and 1979’s 'Tusk' was seen as a disappointment.
Fleetwood’s solo career began with 'The Visitor' in 1981 and 'Its Not Me' in 1983.
In 1987, Fleetwood found himself bankrupt, and so re-formed Fleetwood Mac for more huge success with 'Tango in the Night'.
In 1992, Bill Clinton hailed Fleetwood Mac as his favourite band, and after using ‘Don’t Stop’ as his campaign song, they reformed for his inauguration.
A full reunion took place in 1997, and a final album was released in 2003, called 'Say You Will'. However, they still tour regularly.